“We can be informed by what others have done in many cases. Hundreds of teachers working with thousands of children. We’re much better to be informed by the evidence base than to go ‘I’ll only go off my own experience’, not that your own experience isn’t valid, but it isn’t the whole picture.”
Gary Aubin, SEND Content Specialist, Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
Gary joins Dale in this episode to discuss the importance of using an evidence-based approach to decision making. As the main advocate for students with SEND in schools, an understanding of research evidence is an essential step towards being an effective SENDCO. Whilst building their own evidence base and personalising the provision to the needs of individuals may be key, an understanding of the external evidence base is needed if SENDCOs are to develop SEND provision within their setting – listen to find out how.
About Gary Aubin
Gary Aubin is the SEND Content Specialist for the Education Endowment Foundation and Director of SEND for a multi-academy trust, having worked as a SENDCO in mainstream primary and secondary schools. With a strong mindset of inclusion, his work as Director of SEND has supported schools out of Special Measures and towards Outstanding for their SEND provision. Alongside SEND duties, he has written The Lone SENDCO: questions and answers for the busy SENDCO and writes the SENDMatters.co.uk blog. He tweets @SENDMattersUK. He is a contributing author to Great Expectations by David Bartram OBE and wrote the Understanding the SENDCO role course for Guide Education. A former pastoral leader and still a practising secondary teacher, Gary completed his Masters in Special and Inclusive Education at the UCL Institute of Education.
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